Jeffrey Archer has been a man of many parts: best-selling author, member of British Parliament, lifetime peer, convicted felon. And art collector. Now that he’s turned 70, Archer said he’s winnowing his collection, from which Christie’s London will offer 150 works, expected to bring in some $8 million.
Top estimated lot at the June sale is a painting by Claude Monet, “La Seine pres de Vetheuil, temps orageux,” expected to fetch $1.3-$1.9m. Other highlights include Alexander Calder’s “Composition Abstract” (est. $321,000-$482,000) and an Andy Warhol “Marilyn” silkscreen (est. $161,000-$241,000). At a second London sale, Archer himself will be the auctioneer, as he offers 20 “personal items,” including the stopwatch used in 1954 to clock Roger Bannister when he broke the four- minute mile. Several charities, Archer has pledged, will benefit from the sales.
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